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SSC Newspaper : November 2010
By Natalie O'Brien Strath eld's Lebanese community is celebrating the news that local MP Virginia Judge has landed a major artistic coup by securing an exhibition dedicated to the famous Lebanese author, artist and philosopher Kahlil Gibran. In a move which will undoubtedly cement many Lebanese supporters to the Labor camp, Ms Judge who is also the Arts Minister, has arranged for what is believed to be a $600,000 grant to stage an exhibition about the author of The Prophet -- one of the most widely read books of all time with more than 100 million copies sold world-wide. Gibran was born in a little village in the north of Lebanon called Becharre. Quite a number of Lebanese migrants from the picturesque village near the area known as the Cedars, have moved to Strath eld and surrounding suburbs. The Becharrie Association of NSW, which is on Coronation Parade in the minister's electorate, has a large membership of local residents. The Gibran exhibition, which will be staged at the State Library of NSW from December 2010 to February 2011, will include a selection of paintings, writings and personal artifacts being brought to Australia for the rst time. "Kahlil Gibran is the world's third best- selling poet after Shakespeare and Lao- Tzu making him one of the most widely read and culturally in uential poets of all time," Ms Judge said. The Prophet has been translated into 40 languages and was hugely popular with young Australians particularly in the 1960s and 1970s. The mystic poet and philosopher was born in 1883 and emigrated to Boston in the United States. He died in 1931 in New York. By Mark Chipperfield THEY fall into stormwater drains, get a acked by cats and birds and occasionally, slip under the wheels of passing cars. Life for Strath eld's tiny population of native ducklings has many challenges, but thanks to a new initiative by Strath eld Council a few more of them should now make it into adulthood. Bold new black and yellow warning signs will be erected on Yarrowee Road and Myrna Road in a bid to stem the carnage as families of Paci c Black Ducks and Wood Ducks make their way to the newly-opened Yarrowee Road Wetland. e council is erecting the new warning signs in response to a call from a local resident who witnessed ducks being run down and killed as they waddled to the wetlands from their nests on the banks of the Cooks River. "Ducks and ducklings are very vulnerable to a ack by cats, foxes and native predator birds such as currawongs," said a council spokesman. "Being run over by a car is just another threat. We know of at least one duck that has been killed by a car." Given the right support, Strath eld Council is hoping that small groups of native ducks will se le permanently in the new Yarrowee Road wetland, which was completed in July. " e ducks started appearing within a week of the wetland opening -- they love anywhere with water," said a council spokesman. "Four pairs of ducks are now regularly using the wetlands. Given half a chance we believe they'll take up permanent residence in the wetland, which will be fantastic." In the past, council rangers have been called out to rescue ducklings which have fallen into stormwater drains. ey hope that the new warning signs will ensure even more of these cute creatures will be able to sur vive the rigours of city life. Stop: Ducklings on the road Strathfield Scene 5 "Ducks and ducklings are very vulnerable to attack by cats, foxes and native predator birds such as currawongs... Being run over by a car is just another threat.” NEWS www.ourstrathfield.com.au TELL STRATHFIELD ABOUT YOUR EVENTS Post them free at www.ourstrathfield.com.au Gibran blockbuster comes to town By Natalie O'Brien PROPERTY prices in Strath eld have continued to rocket upwards, with the median house price now o cially topping $1.3 million. Land prices are also climbing in the municipality with an onsite sale last week of $2.18 million for a 1279 square metre property with redevelopment potential. A lot of interest was shown in the property on South Street, which is not even in the Golden Mile, with about 10 parties registering their interest and two bidders pushing its way past the reser ve of $2.06 million. While home owners in other suburbs around Sydney are being warned to be realistic about house prices and to expect a slowdown, Strath eld is bucking the trend. e Sydney median house price rose just 0.7 per cent from $629,895 to $634,346 in the September quarter, while the median house for Strath eld rose 4.4 per cent according to gures from Australian Property Monitors (APM). APM is predicting that nation-wide house prices will remain at or fall slightly for the remainder of this year and into 2011, but Joseph Georges of Strath eld real estate agent Georges Ellis says that the Strath eld market remains resilient. "I think it is a combination of the buyer pro le of established people and the fact that it's a leafy suburb with good schools," he says. "People are coming here for a purpose." More property on Pages 14 and 15. Local house prices reach new record high Virginia Judge at the announcement of the Gibran exhibition.
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